A young Mexican mourns his teenage cousin: Luis Antonio Rojas’s best photograph

‘Children have to deal with the fallout of the drug trade. They are the ones who can’t walk to their school in safety, who have to train to use a gun’ In the mountains of Guerrero in south-west Mexico, there is a small town called Alcozacán. Violence is common in the area, which is strategically […]

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for romano peppers stuffed with herbs, olives and goat’s cheese | The simple fix

The Med meets Mexico in this colourful medley of warm potato salad, goat’s cheese, olives, capers and hints of pickled chilli Until fairly recently, stuffed vegetables seemed rather old-fashioned, yet I have always loved stuffing an aubergine, pepper or courgette half. The beautifully defined shapes look so great on a plate and it’s easy to […]

The Pegasus Project part 3: cartels, corruption and cyber-weapons

In the latest part of our mini-series, Michael Safi hears from Nina Lakhani on how 15,000 Mexicans including journalists and politicians appeared on a list of possible targets for surveillance In March 2017, a 38-year-old freelance reporter named Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead in Altamirano, a town in the southern Mexican region of Tierra […]

Coronavirus live: UK daily death toll rises to 34; police urge ticketless England fans not to travel to London

Met urges England fans not to gather in large numbers in capital for the Euro 2020 final on Sunday due to ‘ongoing public health crisis’ Vaccinated NHS workers might be allowed to forgo self-isolation due to staff shortage fears. Fukushima to to bar Olympic spectators from events as Covid cases rise in Japan. Seoul heads […]

Trump gonna Trump: ex-president diverts and deflects as legal woes mount

The former president appeared to mount a typically Trumpian bid to focus attention away from the growing scandal at his company No one could accuse Donald Trump of lying low when the long arm of the law finally caught up with him. On Wednesday the former US president visited the Mexico border, highlighting his favourite […]

UN blasts world leaders for failing to seal £72bn-a-year deal on climate

Financial aid ‘critical’ to help developing countries limit fossil fuels – and make Cop26 a success, says UN The head of climate change at the UN has warned that world leaders are still “far away” from securing a deal to limit the disastrous effects of global heating, with less than five months to go before […]

Frida Kahlo and me: how the artist shaped my life as an amputee

Writer Emily Rapp Black lost her leg aged four. In her new memoir, Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg, she explains how the work of the Mexican artist, also an amputee, helped her develop a better relationship with her body Scroll down for a Q&A with Emily Rapp Black Desnudo de Frida Kahlo by Diego […]

Texas will build a wall along its border with Mexico, governor says

It is unclear if the state has the authority to construct a wall after Joe Biden stopped building projects on the border The Republican Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has announced that the state will build a wall along its southern border with Mexico, sparking criticism from human rights and immigration advocacy groups. Citing the Biden […]

Kamala Harris suffers bumpy baptism over immigration on first foreign trip

Vice-president’s ‘get tough’ stance on corruption overshadowed by backlash over ‘do not come’ message to migrants Kamala Harris has returned to the US from her first foreign trip and big test since becoming vice-president – and taking over the hot-potato issue of immigration – battered by criticism over her harsh “Do not come” message to […]

British woman in coma after twin fights off crocodile in Mexico

Sister punched crocodile in head after it attacked in a lagoon where they had been swimming A British woman is in a medically induced coma in Mexico after she was attacked by a crocodile in a lagoon where she and her twin sister had been taken by a tour guide. Melissa and Georgia Laurie, 28, […]

Mexico elections: President Amlo fails to win super-majority in midterms

But president’s Morena party keeps its majority in the lower house of congress Mexican voters have denied President Andrés Manuel López Obrador a mega-majority in midterm elections, though his Morena party kept its majority in the lower house of congress with the support of a controversial ally. Voters also showed little enthusiasm for Mexico’s rightwing […]

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for clotted cream drizzle cake with macerated strawberries | The simple fix

Serve this jammy, creamy cake as an extremely English alternative to scones When I was little, clotted cream was a rare treat. I remember once, when my uncle came back from Devon with two precious pots of the stuff for us, I immediately set to baking a batch of scones, which we ate warm from […]

Coronavirus live news: Uefa and UK discuss easing restrictions for Euro 2020; Putin blames money for EU delay of Sputnik V approval

UK currently has the strictest entry requirements of any host country; Russian president spoke as Serbia starts to produce vaccine Visitors to France from countries including US and UK won’t have to quarantine Many Britons plan to press ahead with foreign holidays despite advice Why a US health worker is being charged with spreading Covid […]

What do you think of it so far? Voters rate Amlo’s Mexico ‘transformation’

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador remains popular but midterm elections may reflect judgments of his handling of the pandemic and endemic violence Nearly three years have passed since Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico and, before a sea of euphoric supporters, promised: “I will not fail you. You will not be disappointed.” […]

‘Huge incentives to kill’: Mexico crime groups target election candidates

At least 34 candidates have been murdered since campaigning began in April, with the assassination clear-up rate close to zero Tuesday started off like any other day on the campaign trail for José Alberto Alonso, a union leader running for mayor in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco: he kissed his family goodbye, boarded his […]

Covid live news: Italy records lowest deaths since mid-October; UK could make vaccines mandatory for NHS staff

Latest updates: Italy reports 44 Covid-related deaths; UK government considering mandatory jabs for health workers Malaysia to set up more mega vaccination centres Keir Starmer: Boris Johnson’s chaos could hit June plan to lift lockdown See all our coronavirus coverage 8.59pm BST Mexico recorded 1,307 coronavirus cases and 52 more deaths on Sunday, according to […]

Coronavirus news: UK records another 3,398 cases and seven deaths; Italy reports fall in daily fatalities

Health experts urge caution on giving Covid vaccines to UK children; Victoria records five new cases of Covid-19 taking Melbourne outbreak to 35 Vague messaging risks causing rise in English cases, say scientists Vietnam discovers new hybrid Covid variant, state media reports What is the impact of lifting restrictions in England on 21 June? See […]

‘We went to the dark side’: horror film shows reality of Mexico’s migrant trail

Mystical realism conveys real-life stories of brutal cartel violence in Fernanda Valadez’s chilling directorial debut Two teenage boys wave goodbye to their mothers across a field in rural Mexico, leaving home in search of the American dream. The opening moments of the Mexican film-maker Fernanda Valadez’s Identifying Features, available to stream from this week, reflects […]

Mexico faces up to uneasy anniversary of Chinese massacre

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will mark the killings of 303 Chinese people during the revolution that the city of Torreón has tried to forget The first to die were Chinese agricultural workers, who were killed in the orchards and gardens surrounding the Mexican city of Torreón by advancing revolutionary forces in the early hours […]

Coronavirus: Trinidad and Tobago declares state of emergency; England to continue lockdown easing despite India variant fears

China cancels spring Everest climbing season from Tibetan side while Portugal to reopen to UK tourists from Monday Taiwan records 180 new cases in island’s worst Covid outbreak Who: vaccinate vulnerable global poor before children in rich countries India variant could disrupt lifting of England lockdown, says Boris Johnson How a proudly multicultural country became […]

Coronavirus live: US experts see link between J&J jab and blood clots; Mexico reports 3,090 new cases and 267 more deaths

MRNA vaccines appear to neutralise Indian variant; CDC says there is ‘plausible causal association’ between vaccine and dangerous clotting Norway ends use of AstraZeneca vaccine and delays decision on J&J Covid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned report Spain aims to receive British tourists without Covid tests from 20 May Scores more bodies of suspected Covid […]

Biden says ‘economic plan is working’, despite disappointing April jobs report – live

Biden urges companies to raise pay to bring Americans back to work Republican compares trajectory of the GOP to sinking of the Titanic US bans sex discrimination against LGBT people in healthcare Trump’s grip over Republicans hardens Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.38pm BST The largest US union […]

SpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in darkness

Capsule parachutes into Gulf of Mexico at 3am, the first night-time US crew splashdown since 1968 SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first US crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama […]

Amlo calls decision to disqualify candidates ‘a blow to democracy’

Mexico’s electoral tribunal upheld ruling barring two candidates, including one accused of rape, for failing to file expense reports Mexico’s president has blasted a decision to disqualify two of his party’s gubernatorial candidates – including one accused of rape – describing the decision by Mexico’s electoral tribunal as “a blow to democracy”. “Democracy is respecting […]

Coronavirus live: Netherlands to restart Johnson & Johnson vaccine after regulator says benefits outweigh risks

Move comes after European Medicines Agency said warning about very rare blood clots should be added to label Possible link between J&J vaccine and rare blood clots, says EU regulator Narendra Modi: Covid resurgence in India like being ‘hit by a storm’ UK in drive to develop drugs to take at home to ‘stop Covid […]

Violence erupts as Mexico’s deadly gangs aim to cement power in largest ever elections

Clashes have sparked political assassinations and the forced displacement of thousands ahead of crunch 6 June polls Violent clashes between rival Mexican criminal groups – and their alleged allies in the security forces – are escalating ahead of mid-term elections in June, triggering a string of political assassinations and the forced displacement of thousands. State […]

Katie Boulter seals BJK Cup win for Britain over Mexico after Watson defeat

Boulter secures 3-1 victory by beating Giuliana Olmos Heather Watson stunned by Mexico’s Marcela Zacarías Two years ago Katie Boulter soared under suffocating pressure to clinch the decisive victory in their playoff tie against Kazakhstan in what was then the Fed Cup, ending Great Britain’s 26-year absence from the top levels of the competition. It […]